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Grandfathering Transition Exemption

Licensing Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees

2013-2017 Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees Without a CSWE MSW Degree

The law provides a time-limited period, from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2017, for licensees who do not hold a masters of social work (MSW) degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to apply for either the Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) or the Licensed Independent Clinical License (LICSW) license. The only exception to licensing requirements during the transition period exception is the requirement to hold an MSW degree accredited by the CSWE, provided they meet all other license requirements.

Eligibility During Transition Period Exception

To be eligible during the transition period exception applicants must:

1.Be currently licensed as a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) or Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) license issued during the 2013-2014 grandfathering period, or a grandfathering period prior to July 1, 1996, and

2.Hold a graduate degree (other than MSW) that qualified for licensure through grandfathering, and

3.Meet all other licensing requirements for the LISW or the LICSW license including:

a.360 academic clinical knowledge area clock hour requirement for the LICSW

b.supervised practice required for either the LISW or LICSW license

c.pass the required LISW or LICSW Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) national social work licensing examination all other application and licensing requirements

Complete Details: Review Minnesota Statutes Section 148E.0556 for LISW transition period exception and 148E.0557 for the LICSW transition period exception.

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